Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Beyond Frugal: Pine Straw

Keep your eyes peeled for bags of pine needles that people set out for garbage pickup. I have long enjoyed using them as a decorative, water-shedding mulch for garden pathways. Dry long needle pine is great for giving chickens a nice soft bedding for their nesting boxes for folks in the southeast U.S.. For folks in Australia, the very soft needles of the "Australian Pine" (not really a pine and long banned in Florida) would serve well for both tasks. John

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